You probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about your gutters until there’s a problem. Like most products, manufacturing improvements have given homeowners today, a range of great products to choose from.
Your gutter system is critical, keeping your home protected from any kind of weather. If it’s time to replace your gutters chances are you’re a little overwhelmed by all of the options available. One of the biggest factors to consider is the size of your gutters. Today, the two most common sizes to consider are five and six-inch gutters.
Comparing 5 and 6-inch Gutters
Choosing the right sized gutters is extremely important to ensure you get the best performance. Installing the wrong size gutters can actually create more problems down the line. Choosing between five or six-inch gutters can be confusing. Both sizes are very common, and users claim each one is the “best” choice.
Today, six-inch gutters are a more popular and functional choice. However, there are situations where a 5-inch gutter is suitable. For example, if the home has a smaller roof, with a lower pitch.
Six-inch gutters are being used more for residential homes today for several reasons. Homes with a high roof or homes in rainy climates benefit from the larger gutter size. Today, the weather has become more unpredictable. Average rainfall amounts have increased across the country and the performance of a 6-inch gutter is much higher than 5-inch gutters.
Six-inch gutters are better able to handle larger amounts of water. The difference is quite noticeable, as 6-inch gutters can handle approximately 50% more water than 5-inch gutters. That means gutters are less likely to overfill during periods of heavy rain.
Overflowing gutters can result in serious damage to your home. There are several reasons why your gutters may be overflowing. First, you may have too small of gutters to handle the volume of water. This is less likely if your home has 6-inch gutters.
Another potential problem is clogged gutters. Granules, sticks from broken tree limbs, leaves, and even plastic bags can make their way into your gutters clogging them and causing them to overflow. The positioning of your gutters is also very important. The pitch and tilt is a critical factor when it comes to how they handle water removal. If the pitch is too steep, it can also cause an overflow. Getting a gutter protection system can help to drastically reduce the chance of clogging your gutter system.
Finally, if your gutters aren’t big enough to handle the rainfall, they will overflow. If you’ve cleaned your gutters, checked the pitch and tilt and are still having overflow issues, your gutters are likely too small to do the job.
Overflowing gutters can cause a whole host of problems ranging from annoying, to dangerous and expensive to repair. Overflowing gutters cause many problems like siding damage. Water can cause colors to fade, leave behind dirt, and over time allow water to infiltrate behind the siding, causing the wood to rot and need replacement.
Overflowing gutters can lead to problems with your foundation and cause flooding. The point of your gutter system is to remove water from your roof and move it away from the house through the downspout system.
If water is overflowing it can end up in your basement damaging not only your home, but appliances like your water heater, family keepsakes, toys, and other valuables beyond repair. If you don’t deal with the problem quickly, your foundation is likely to crack, opening the door to a host of other serious problems.
Having overflowing gutters can also cause pretty serious roof damage. Water can leak through your attic and into your home. Over time leaks can seriously compromise the structural integrity of your home, damage the contents, and lead to dangerous mold, putting you and your family’s health at risk.
The Bottom Line
Your home’s gutter system is a critical element for keeping your home safe, dry, and comfortable. If you need to replace your home’s gutters, consider the many benefits of replacing them with a new 6-inch gutter system.
If you live in the greater Sheridan, Wyoming area, give the roofing experts at Wyoming Roofing a call! We offer a Lifetime Warranty option on new rain gutter systems. Contact us today and schedule a free, no-obligation estimate and digital roof analysis!